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Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2017


1 Title
2 Commencement
3 Principal Act amended
4 Definitions
5 Section 6 repealed
6 Section 10 repealed
7 Section 30 amended
8 Section 48 amended
9 Section 50 amended
10 Section 51 repealed
11 Section 53 amended
12 Section 57 amended
13 Section 58 amended
14 Section 60 amended


An Act to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2003.

(23 June 2017)

The Parliament of the Cook Islands enacts as follows—

  1. Title

This Act is the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2017.

  1. Commencement

This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the assent of the Queen’s Representative.

  1. Principal Act amended

This Act amends the Proceeds of Crime Act 2004.

  1. Definitions
(1) The definition of defendant in section 3(1) is amended by omitting “; and, for proceedings for a restraining order, includes a person who is likely to be charged with a serious offence”.
(2) The definition of proceeds in section 3(1) is repealed and the following definition substituted—

proceeds of an offence, in relation to property, means any property, whether located in the Cook Islands or elsewhere, that is derived, obtained or realised, directly or indirectly, from or through the commission of a serious offence, and includes (without limitation)—

“(a) any property into which such property is converted, transformed, or intermingled, whether in full or in part; and
“(b) any interest, income, capital gains, or other economic gains derived or realised from the use of such property”.
(3) The definition of realisable property is repealed.
(4) The definition of tainted property in section 3(1) is repealed and the following definition substituted—

tainted property means any of the following property, whether located in the Cook Islands or elsewhere—

“(a) any proceeds of an offence:
“(b) property that is or has been used in or in connection with the commission of a serious offence:
“(c) property that is intended to be used, or is allocated to be used, in or in connection with the commission of a serious offence.
(5) The following definition is inserted in section 3(1) in its appropriate alphabetical location—

“suspect, in relation to a restraining order under Part 3, means any person who there are reasonable grounds to suspect has committed a serious offence”.

  1. Section 6 repealed

Section 6 is repealed.

  1. Section 10 repealed

Section 10 is repealed.

  1. Section 30 amended

Paragraph (a) of section 30(1) is repealed and the following paragraph substituted—

“(a) the values at that time of all property held by the person, less—
  1. Section 48 amended

Section 48 is repealed and the following section substituted—

“(1) The Solicitor-General may apply to the Court for a restraining order against—
“(2) An application for a restraining order may be made ex parte.
“(3) The application must be in writing and be accompanied by an affidavit stating—
  1. Section 50 amended
(1) Subsection (1) of section 50 is repealed and the following subsection substituted—
(2) Section 50(3) is amended by omitting “the defendant” and substituting “a person”.
  1. Section 51 repealed

Section 51 is repealed.

  1. Section 53 amended

Section 53(2)(e) is amended by inserting “or the suspect” after “defendant”.

  1. Section 57 amended

Section 57(1)(a) is amended by inserting “or suspect” after “defendant”.

  1. Section 58 amended

Section 58(5) is amended by repealing paragraph (a) and substituting the following paragraph—

“(a) if the order is made against a suspect, when the Court, on application by the suspect, cancels the order on the grounds that all investigations of the suspect for a serious offence have ceased; or”
  1. Section 60 amended
(1) Section 60(1) is amended by repealing paragraphs (a) and (b) and substituting the following paragraphs—

This Act is administered by the Crown Law Office.

Printed under the authority of the Cook Islands Parliament—2017.

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